Speaking in front of an audience, going for a job interview, paying bills. It happens to all of us. Fear, nervousness, anxiety — these evolutionary mechanisms represent normal, essential, and adaptive responses to help us cope with threats to our survival. Toking up after a long, stressful day is the healthiest and most effective way to take care of your stress. Whether you prefer to light up a bong or microdose, you can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of all the cannabinoids to combat stress. However, THC has been shown to be the most powerful cannabinoid in managing stress. In fact, stress is one of the most common reasons why people use cannabis so frequently.
There are several different types of anxiety disorders, including:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Panic Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Those who suffer from anxiety-related disorders may experience a variety of symptoms, including:
- Feelings of dread
- Chest pain and heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Panic attacks
With so many negative side effects associated with pharmaceutical treatments, predictably, many Americans have opted to self-medicate with other substances. Stress can take a toll on you mentally, emotionally, and physically, but cannabis is here to help. Most users find consuming moderate doses of cannabis produces a soothing, relaxing experience, stimulates creativity, makes them laugh (sometimes uncontrollably), and can even enhance intimacy.
10. Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Cookies is a famous Californian strain whose legendary effects are now well-known worldwide. In fact, Girl Scout Cookies has already won several Cannabis Cup awards so you can be sure that this is always going to be a reliable, consistent top-quality strain for both medical and recreational use. Girl Scout Cookies is also known for its potent, high THC content so medicate moderately with this strain unless you’re already used to powerful strains. Its potency makes this strain ideal for patients who are looking for quick and strong relief for stress as well as those suffering from appetite loss, depression, pain, and nausea.
9. Laughing Buddha
If you’re looking for a practitioner to cure your spiritual fatigue, who better than the Buddha of weed strains? This strain is another excellent choice for those looking to indulge in non-stop laughter. The Laughing Buddha is a Sativa-dominant strain and winner of the 2003 High Times Cannabis Cup. Its parent strains are the Sativa-dominant Thai and Jamaican. The Laughing Buddha has a euphoric effect that will leave users feeling giggly and carefree. If your nine-to-five job is crushing your soul, killing your vibe and making you wonder what it’s all worth, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better therapist than the Laughing Buddha.
8. Super Sour Diesel
Super Sour Diesel is famous for its potent stress-relieving properties. Patients who medicate with Super Sour Diesel also enjoy engaging in creative and artistic projects so if you find that working with arts, crafts, or listening to music helps you unwind, this is the best strain to help you make it even more enjoyable. Super Sour Diesel is loved for its powerful cerebral high, so first-time patients may find it a little overwhelming – the only cure to this is to microdose and take a few hits at a time to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of this amazing strain.
7. Durban Poison
If your nine-to-five job involves hard labor leaving you exhausted at the end of the day, Durban Poison is for you. This strain is renowned for its energy-boosting properties. This is probably due to the high level of THCV in Durban Poison, a cannabinoid that works to restore energy and offers a clear-headed, euphoric high that dissolves stress. Users of this strain often compare it to drinking a strong cup of coffee. So if you’ve been drinking coffee all day to get you through work, and you don’t want any more caffeine in your system, this strain will keep you going throughout the afternoon. The top effects of Durban Poison are a surge in energy and uplifted mood.
Trainwreck will leave you feeling anything but. This deliciously strong sativa delivers its high in your brain, making you more creative, alert, and happy; if you enjoy artistic pursuits as a means of dealing with stress, Trainwreck will make the experience much more enjoyable. This strain is known for its high THC content, making it a one-hit wonder when it comes to knocking stress right out of the park. Trainwreck is also a popular choice for treating depression, insomnia, headaches, and pain.
5. Green Crack
While it’s name leaves something to be desired, this strain is known for its energy-boosting properties. Many patients smoke Green Crack for its euphoric and uplifting effects and it’s often used to treat stress, depression and fatigue. As a sativa strain, Green Crack provides you with mental clarity, allowing you to continue their day without feeling drowsy.
4. Blue Diesel
If you’re looking to laugh, Blue Diesel is the strain for you. This strain is a cross between the Indica-dominant Blueberry and Sativa-dominant NYC Diesel. Users of this strain should expect a nice, relaxing body buzz without the “couch-locked” experience of other, heavy Indica strains. If you just got home from an important meeting only to discover you had a strand of spinach stuck in your teeth the whole time, you’ll want to take a puff of Blue Diesel. Laughter might be the best medicine, but Blue Diesel is the best medicine for laughter.
AK-47 might sound like an intense name but this strain will make you feel mellow and relaxed. This hybrid is sativa-dominant, and is loved by patients for its long-lasting, steady mind high. AK-47 is ideal for medicating even during the day because it can help keep you focused and mentally alert, so if you’re having a tough day at work you can sneak out, smoke some, and come back reenergized. AK-47 is a unique strain thanks to its heritage of 47 different parent strains including Mexican, Colombian, Afghani, and Thai varieties. Because of this, patients love its complex effects and flavors.
2. Pineapple Express
Yes, it’s a real strain. And yes, it’s incredible. Pineapple Express, a cross between the hybrid Trainwreck and Sativa-dominant Hawaiian, is a go-to strain for those experiencing depression. If you use Pineapple Express, you should expect to get an instant uptick in mood—the strain’s prominent effects are happiness and uplifting euphoria. Just like Blue Dream, this strain is also fantastic for treating stress and depression. In fact, the only downside to Pineapple Express is the possibility of cotton mouth. With consistently fantastic reviews from users, Pineapple Express has the added novelty of being the weed that sparked a Seth Rogen blockbuster. In fact, you might just say this is “the dopest dope” you’ll ever smoke.
1. Northern Lights
Northern Lights is a legendary Indica strain valued for its medicinal properties. The THC is felt throughout the body with Northern Lights, as it relaxes every muscle and helps calm the mind while settling you into a dreamy euphoric state. Northern Lights delivers a laziness that is so comforting, making it ideal for evening medication right before bed especially if your stress is so severe that it gives you a hard time sleeping. The effects of this strain are heavily felt in the body, but it’s effective for stress because it calms down even your mind. It’s pretty powerful so all you need is a few hits and you’re ready to go. Northern Lights is also excellent for those suffering from depression, lack of appetite, and chronic pain.
Along with lifestyle changes, choosing the right cannabis strain may prove to be a great benefit to your daily life.